Extracts from the Epic Poem
The text of Leasungspell is not strictly Old English but a heteroglossic hybrid of Old English, Modern English and Northumbrian, Yorkshire and Cleveland Dialects. It does however use extensive Old English vocabulary including some vowels and consonants which we don’t find in Modern English.
Notes on pronunciation
a as in Modern English father æ as in Modern English cat
e as in Modern English bet; when following ċ, ġ, or sc, [e] is silent
ea a diphthong, starting with [æ] and ending with [e]
eo a diphthong, starting with [e] and ending with [o] or [e] as in Modern English feet
ie as in Modern English sit
o as in Modern English boat
u as in Modern English fool
y like [i] but with pursed lips as in German über or Füße, or as in French ruse or dur
cg like the dge in Modern Englishedge
h in combination with l, r, n, as in hlæder, hræw, orhnigan, pronounced as a slight breathing before the second consonant sound
þandð pronounced like Modern English thin the wordthat. These two letters are alternate writings of the same consonant sound.
sc should be pronounced like Modern English sh